Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Thursday night, more than 40 deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department conducted a 5-hour probation and parole sweep in the unincorporated areas of El Rio, Nyeland Acres and Saticoy. The deputies went to more than 140 residences and made 21 arrests for mostly narcotics related offenses. The variety of narcotics charges include being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, and possession of paraphernalia used to ingest narcotics.

The probation and parole searches were conducted as part of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department ongoing proactive enforcement in areas prone to gang violence.

The Sheriff’s Department was able to gather the large group by reassigning deputies from other units throughout the Department. The units assisting included the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Camarillo Gang Unit, Thousand Oaks Gang Unit, Thousand Oaks Bike Patrol, Narcotics, Moorpark Detectives, Fillmore Gang Unit, Ojai Station, Headquarters Sub Station, and the Sheriff’s Prisoner Transportation Unit.

In addition to Sheriff Department personnel, officers from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections, and Ventura County Probation officers assisted in the operation.

Location: El Rio, Nyeland Acres and Saticoy areas

Date & Time: 2-3-2011, 1730 to 2200 hours.

Unit Responsible: Sheriff Gang Unit

Report #: Numerous.

(S) Suspects Violation City Age
(S)Paul Cassidy Narcotics Oxnard 53
(S)Dustin Wilson Narcotics Oxnard 24
(S)Aaron Alvarez Narcotics Oxnard 25
(S)David Arreola Warrant Oxnard 19
(S)Frank Valentine Narcotics Oxnard 19
(S)Tracy Lunn Narcotics Oxnard 49
(S)Rigoberto Ballesteros Narcotics Oxnard 45
(S)John Isza Narcotics Oxnard 62
(S)Michael Archibeque Narcotics Oxnard 42
(S)Gilbert Amaro Narcotics Oxnard 35
(S)Raul Aguilar Narcotics Oxnard 28
(S)Cirstano Cardenas Narcotics Oxnard 38
(S)Julio Razo Narcotics Oxnard 29
(S)Edward Reyes Narcotics Oxnard 32
(S)Abel Bautista Probation Violation Oxnard 18
(S)Jessica Gonzalez Narcotics Oxnard 21
(S)Michael Castillo Parole Violation Oxnard 28
(S)Andrew Combes Narcotics Oxnard 28
(S)Juvenal Rios Narcotics Oxnard 38
(S)Brett Eischen Narcotics Oxnard 22
(S)Eduardo Reyes Narcotics Oxnard 32

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt Schierman
Follow-up Contact: Sgt Schierman 654-2856
Date of Release: 2-4-2011
Approved by: Captain Chris Lathrop

 


 
Detective Marty Luna giving the ring to Richard and Donna.
Detective Marty Luna giving the ring to Richard and Donna.
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On the morning of February 4th, 2011, Detectives from the Camarillo Police Department began to investigate the theft of a wedding ring. The ring’s owner, Richard Keister, and his wife, Donna, reported that employees from a window treatment business had recently installed shutters at their residence, and they suspected that during that time one of the employees stole the ring. It also happened that February 4th is Richard and Donna’s 49th wedding anniversary. Detectives worked diligently on the case throughout the day, attempting to locate the employee/suspect who stole the ring. When contacted by telephone, the suspect (Jose Rosas) eventually admitted to stealing the ring, and agreed to give it to the Detectives. Detectives immediately drove to the suspect’s residence in Colton, California, and recovered the ring. They also arrested Rosas for grand theft and transported him to be booked at the Ventura County Main Jail. Detectives tracked the Keisters to a local restaurant where they were celebrating their anniversary with family and friends, contacted Richard and Donna, and returned the ring to them. They were both very grateful, having come to believe that they would never see the ring again.

Location: 1100 block Baywood Court, Camarillo
Date & Time: February 4, 2011 / 5:30 PM RB#: 2011-2696
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Investigations Unit
Suspect Age
(S) Jose Luis Vargas Rosas 23
Officer Preparing Release: Det. Scott Peterson, Camarillo Investigations Unit
Follow-up Contact: Det. Marty Luna, Camarillo Investigations Unit
Approved By: Captain Mike De Los Santos #0730

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Camarillo Deputies responded to a call of a gunshot victim around 1700 hours, on Monday, February 1st at the Mission Nursery in Somis. When they arrived they found a male victim, later identified as Gilberto Aguilera 36 yrs of Somis, had been shot by a known suspect that had fled the scene. The Sheriff’s Department airlifted the victim, to a local hospital and he was later pronounced dead.

Within a few hours Major Crimes Detectives were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody without incident in Camarillo. The suspect is Justo Mora Navarro, a Somis resident. Navarro was arrested and will be booked into the Pre Trial Detention Facility.

Location: Mission Nursery 1600 block of 118 Hwy, Somis, CA

Date & Time / RB#: February 1, 2011 @ 1700 hours Report #:11-2658

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau

Suspect: Justo Mora Navarro, Date of Birth: 8/16/1970

Investigators are continuing to process the crime scene and work out the details of this case.

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Julie Novak

Follow-up Contact: Captain Mike Aranda (805) 654-2417

Date of Release: Feb 2, 2011

Approved By: Captain Rick Barrios

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Friday, January 28, 2011, at approximately 9:40 am, Ojai patrol deputies received a call of suspicious circumstances in the 100 Block of Olive Street, Oak View. The Olive Street residents were inside their home when two strangers knocked on the front door. They did not answer the door since they did not know the two males, later identified as Christian Gallegos and a sixteen-year-old male from Ventura. A few moments later, both suspects jumped over a fence and entered into the backyard. These suspects were about to gain entry into the house when the resident questioned what they were doing in her backyard. The two suspects fled in a black Mitsubishi Galant with a loud exhaust. The Olive Street residents were able to get a license plate number and good description of the suspects before they fled the scene.

The suspects remained in the area and drove to a nearby residence in the 100 Block of Rio Via, Oak View. This time, Gallegos and the two juveniles burglarized the house while this resident was not at home. They used the same method to verify the residence was currently unoccupied by knocking on the front door then going through an unlocked window to gain entry into the house. The suspects stole approximately $500.00 worth of coins, jewelry, prescription medications and Tequila. The fourth suspect, Abel Tadeo, remained in the car as the lookout and get-away driver during both crimes.

Deputies searched the area and stopped the four suspects leaving the neighborhood in the same Mitsubishi Galant. Ojai detectives arrived and assisted with the investigation. The resident from the Olive Street address identified the juvenile as one of the two suspects prowling on their property along with the car used to flee the scene. The suspects also made incriminating admissions related to their activity that led investigators to believe they planned the crimes prior to arriving in Oak View.

Tadeo and Gallegos were booked into the County Jail for burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. The two juveniles were lodged at the Juvenile Justice Center for the same charges.

This is an on-going investigation and the Ojai detectives have linked at least one other residential burglary to these same suspects. They are requesting anyone that is an unreported victim of a similar crime in the Oak View to call the station at (805) 646-1414.

Location: North Ventura Avenue and Santa Ana Boulevard, Oak View
Date & Time / RB#: Friday, January 28, 2011 at approximately 10:30 am / 11-2315
Unit Responsible: Ojai Valley Patrol Deputies and Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of Residence Age
(S) Abel Todeo Ventura 20
(S) Christian Gallegos Ventura 19
(S) Juvenile Ventura 16
(S) Juvenile Ventura 16

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Randy Watkins
Follow-up Contact: Ojai Detectives Steve Michalec and Mark Burgess - (805) 646-1414
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 1-29-2011, at about 1130 hrs, the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received an anonymous call reference a reported cockfighting event to take place at 3705 Dufau Rd. in the unincorporated area of Oxnard. When deputies responded to the area, they approached an area where approximately 16 male subjects were gathered on the north end of the property and were watching as gamecocks were being sparred in violation of Penal Code Section 597(a) – Animal Cruelty, a felony. Deputies approached on foot and detained the suspects until additional units arrived on scene to conduct further investigation. Through further investigation it was determined that 14 of the suspects contacted at the scene were spectators of the cockfight, in violation of Penal Code Section 597c – Spectator at Cockfight, a misdemeanor. Sheriff’s Detectives authored a Search Warrant to include a search of vehicles and makeshift bird pens. Approximately 1000 gamecocks and an abundance of related cockfighting paraphernalia were found and seized as evidence. Due to the aggressive nature of the gamecocks found at the location, they were humanely euthanized at the scene by Ventura County Animal Services.

Suspects Lim and Manzano were booked on felony animal cruelty charges at the Ventura County Pre-trial Detention Facility in Ventura. The remainder of the suspects were issued citations and released at the scene.

Location: 3705 Dufau Rd., Oxnard
Date & Time: 1-29-2011 @ 1130 hours
Unit Responsible: Sheriff Major Crimes Unit
Report #: 11-2405
(S) Suspects City Age
(S) Romeo Versola Goleta 48
(S) Salvador Mandgon Oxnard 55
(S) Edwin Bayacal North Field 36
(S) Menardo Tuason Santa Barbara 57
(S) Joe Cabado Chino 44
(S) Arnel Quiambao Oxnard 47
(S) Jaime Esparito Oxnard 48
(S) Manuel Delarosa Newbury Park 71
(S) Efren Ines Oxnard 66
(S) Joe Pasion Oxnard 53
(S) Benito Ines Oxnard 50
(S) Amante Viado Oxnard 65
(S) Cassidhee Santos Oxnard 36
(S) Michael Lim Panorama City 43
(S) Rommel Mendoza Port Hueneme 39
(S) Luis Manzano Oxnard 29

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Ray Dominguez
Follow-up Contact: Detective Ray Dominguez (805) 477-7029
Date of Release: 1-30-2011
Approved by: Capt. Barrios

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A Newbury Park woman was the victim of a robbery once the suspects talked their way into her home. The female Hispanic victim answered a knock at her front door and was greeted by an older Hispanic couple. The man asked in Spanish if they could have some water, while both suspects acted like they were in need of water. The victim felt sorry for the couple and said in Spanish she would get them some water. The victim left the door open and walked to her kitchen to get some water. When the victim turned around, both the suspects were already in her home. The victim gave some water to the female suspect as the male suspect walked into the victim’s bedroom. The victim followed after the male suspect and asked what he was doing. The male suspect turned and approached the victim in an intimidating manner. The male suspect got angry and yelled at the victim to “be quiet.” The victim became very afraid of the suspects and feared for her safety because she was home alone. Both suspects went through the residence looking for items to take.

The suspects took items of gold jewelry, a flat screen television, an Apple iPod touch, a black PSP Play Station, victim’s cell phone, U.S. Currency, U.S. Immigration card, and Social Security Card. The suspects loaded the items into an older light gray van (possibly a Chrysler), and locked the victim out of her home before driving away.

(S-1) is described as a Hispanic male in his early to mid sixties, 5’-4” to 5’-7” in height, 155 to 165 pounds, well dressed, and spoke only Spanish in a loud intimidating voice. (S-2) is described as an Hispanic female in her early to mid sixties, 5’-6” to 5’-8” in height, 200 to 230 pounds, long straight black hair worn in a pony tail that reached her lower back, wearing a black sweater over a long black dress with black flat shoes, brown purse, and only spoke Spanish. Neither suspect had any unique traits, scars, marks, or tattoos. Based on the victim only speaking Spanish and living in a predominantly Spanish neighborhood, I believe the suspects will continue to prey upon other Hispanic victims.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Location: 600 Block of Avenida Del Platino, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
Date & Time/ RB#: January 25, 2011 @ 1:25 p.m. / 11-2056
Unit Responsible: East County Sheriff’s Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V) Female adult / Hispanic Newbury Park, CA 56
(S-1) Hispanic male Unknown 60-65 years
(S-2) Hispanic female Unknown 60-65 years
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Jon R Smith
Follow-up Contact: Detective Jon R Smith (805) 494-8216
Date of Release: February 1, 2011
Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The end of January 2011 proved to be busy time for the Ventura County Sheriff’s volunteer Search and Rescue teams (SAR).

Starting on Thursday, 1-27-2011, Harvey Cannaday (61 years) walked away from his care home facility in the City of Ojai and didn’t return. Cannaday suffers from several medical conditions and requires almost constant supplemental oxygen. The Ojai Police Department was notified of his disappearance and immediately began searching the area. As darkness fell, the seriousness of Mr. Cannaday’s condition became more urgent, so the police department requested the Search and Rescue teams to assist in the search.

Three (3) specially trained SAR K-9 teams, which included a bloodhound, responded and searched the immediate area surrounding the care facility without success. An additional twenty-five (25) Upper Ojai Search and Rescue volunteers were activated and responded along with five (5) members of the Ojai Volunteers in Policing and began scouring the city looking for Mr. Cannaday. After searching all across the city until the early morning hours on Friday, Mr. Cannaday was finally located riding a Gold Coast public transport bus in Ventura. Mr. Cannaday was immediately transported to the Ojai Valley Hospital for medical care where he is now reportedly doing well.

On Saturday night, 1-29-2011, a family of four went hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains near Sand Stone Peak and became disoriented when darkness fell and fog moved into on the area. The family had gone to watch the sunset from Sand Stone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, and neglected to take a flashlight. The father was able to use his cellular telephone to call Sheriff Dispatch and request assistance. The East Valley SAR Team responded with fourteen (14) team members and hiked in to the area and located the family. The family was then safely escorted back down the trail to their vehicle.

Early the next morning on Sunday, 1-30-2011, a vehicle was reported to be over the side of Pacific Coast Highway, in the rocks, and being pounded by the surf. The Fire Department quickly responded and discovered the vehicle demolished, partially floating in the surf. The Fire Department was able to search the interior of the car but discovered it to be empty. Attempts to locate the registered owner of the vehicle proved unsuccessful. Fearing that the driver may have been washed out of the car and into the ocean, the Sheriff’s Department’s volunteer SAR Dive Team was requested to search for a potential body. Eight (8) divers responded and searched the ocean floor with SCUBA gear, in the area where the vehicle entered the water, but were unable to find any evidence of a missing person. During this time the CHP learned the vehicle had been reported stolen, which was likely the reason for the driver leaving the area prior to emergency crews arriving on scene.

A combined total of nearly 300 man-hours were devoted to these search efforts throughout the county over the past several days. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is extremely proud and grateful for the efforts of these dedicated volunteer professionals who respond day and night whether the call is in a city, on a mountain top, or underwater.

Location(s): City of Ojai, CA
Sand Stone Peak, Santa Monica Mountains, CA
Pacific Coast Hwy at Deer Creek Rd, CA

Date & Time: January 27, 2011 / 6:00 pm
January 29, 2011 / 9:00 pm
January 30, 2011 / 8:00 am

Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriffs Departments Search and Rescue Volunteers
Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team
K-9 Search and Rescue Team
Ojai Volunteers in Policing
East Valley Search and Rescue Team
Search and Rescue Dive Team

Officer Preparing Release:
Sergeant Frank Underlin

Follow-up Contact:
Sergeant Frank Underlin #388-4212

Approved by:
Captain David Kenney

 


 
Bikram Otal, 23
Bikram Otal, 23

An Oak Park man was arrested Thursday for stabbing another man to death during a fight Wednesday evening. Bikram Otal, 23, was booked on a single count of murder after he stabbed to death Donald Barnes, Jr., who was also an Oak Park resident.

The altercation occurred on the sidewalk next to the intersection of Lindero Canyon Road and Bowfield Street. Bikram, who suffered minor injuries during the fight, is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide investigators are seeking anyone who saw or heard the fight or the events that led up to it. Witnesses can contact investigators at (805) 477-7000.

Location: Lindero Canyon Road @ Bowfield Street, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time/ RB#: January 26, 2011 @ 9:43 p.m. / 11-2177
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V) Barnes, Donald Jr. Oak Park 41
(S) Otal, Bikram Oak Park 23
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Eric Buschow
Follow-up Contact: Detective Eric Buschow (805) 494-8226 / (805) 947-8129
Date of Release: January 27, 2011
Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s deputies found the body of an unidentified man in a field on the southern edge of Camarillo early Thursday morning. The identity of the victim is not yet known, but investigators have determined the man’s death was the result of a homicide, as he appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound.

Two deputies from the Camarillo Police Department were patrolling the area of East Pleasant Valley Road when they found the body of a young man lying near the edge of roadway at 2:33 a.m.

Homicide detectives are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Location: 1100 block of East Pleasant Valley Road, Camarillo, CA
Date & Time / RB#: January 27, 2011 @ 2:33 a.m. / 11-2184
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Eric Buschow
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Julie Novak (805) 947-6648
Date of Release: Jan. 27, 2011
Approved By: Captain Mike Aranda

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Two male subjects became involved in a physical altercation near the intersection of Lindero Canyon Road and Bowfield Street. Both subjects were injured as a result of the altercation. One of the subjects succumbed to injuries as result of being stabbed. The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin. The other male was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for his injuries.

On January 26, 2011, at about 9:43 p.m., Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a physical altercation at the intersection. At about 9:49 p.m., Sheriff’s patrol deputies arrived on scene and discovered two injured males on the sidewalk. Ventura County Fire arrived on scene and pronounced one of the subjects deceased at the scene. The other subject was treated for his injuries. The investigation is continuing to determine what prompted the altercation and the relationship between the two subjects. The injured subject’s name has not been released due to the ongoing investigation.

Location: Lindero Canyon Road / Bowfield Street, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time/ RB#: January 26, 2011 @ 9:43 p.m. / 11-2177
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(V)Unk.
(S) Unk.
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Don Aguilar
Follow-up Contact: Sheriff’s Major Crimes (805) 477-7000
Date of Release: 1/27/11
Approved By: Captain Mike Aranda

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers.

Start Smart is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Thousand Oaks Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.

In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, the Start Smart Program is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

Interested parents are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271 for more information and to make a reservation. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station – East County Community Room
2101 E. Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Date & Time: Thursday March 10, 2011 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Kelly Roark
Follow-up Contact: Traffic Bureau / Senior Deputy Kelly Roark #494-8271
Approved by: Captain Bill Ayub
Date of Release: 01/24/2011

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Recognizing the important role community members and public safety volunteers play in the fight against crime and terrorism, members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Intelligence Unit, Oxnard Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department, Ventura Police Department, and the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center developed a first of its kind terrorism training day for Ventura County volunteers. The goal of the conference—educate public safety volunteers countywide about crime and terrorism. Over the course of the day the more than 800 attendees learned about: the role of Fusion Centers; the intelligence process; domestic and international terrorism; pre-incident indicators related to terrorist activity; what to report and how to report it; and they had an opportunity to meet their area Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO).

This unique event was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Oxnard - Thousand Oaks Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program. Volunteers from public safety disciplines, military, non-governmental organizations, and other organizations throughout Ventura County attended this eight-hour Conference on Terrorism.

Location: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA)
Date & Time/ RB#: January 22, 2011 from 8 am to 5 pm
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit
Officer Preparing Release: Cheryl Wade, Commander
Follow-up Contact: Cheryl Wade (805) 477-7013
Date of Release: January 22, 2011
Approved By: Mike De Los Santos, Captain #0730

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

An unidentified man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun robbed a Thousand Oaks pharmacy Thursday afternoon.

The suspect entered the Lynn Oaks Pharmacy, which is located in a medical building on Lynn Road. The suspect pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the employees and demanded they give him bottles of specific medications.

Fearing for their safety, the employees complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect left the pharmacy with an undisclosed quantity of medications. No one was injured during the heist.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 20-30 years old. He was 6’0” and weighed approximately 200 pounds. The suspect wore all black clothing, including boots, gloves, and a ski mask.

The suspect left the area in a white Ford Explorer before deputies arrived at the scene. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Jon Smith at (805)494-8216.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Location: Lynn Oaks Pharmacy 2220 North Lynn Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time/ RB#: Jan. 20, 2011 @ 3:45 p.m. / 11-1649
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Major Crimes Bureau
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Eric Buschow
Follow-up Contact: Detective Eric Buschow (805)494-8226 / (805)947-8129
Date of Release: January 21, 2011
Approved By: Capt. Bruce Watlington

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department / Headquarters Station, has launched a new program that offers a convenient confidential drop box where residents can deposit unused or expired pharmaceuticals, in an effort to divert harmful drugs away from the environment and children. Pharmaceuticals are medications, including prescription drugs such as painkillers, hormones, antidepressants, antibiotics, cold/flu remedies, OTC medications and veterinary medicines

There are many risks associated with storing prescription drugs that are not part of a current drug therapy.

The prescriptions may be outdated and not effectively treating the symptoms they are intended for. If prescription drugs are being stored and the person they are prescribed for is not taking them according to the prescription, it is possible they could be taken by mistake or potentially stolen. If prescription drugs are disposed of in our water supply, a potential for contamination to the water, our environment, and our residents may occur.

Residents are encouraged to utilize the collection bin, located in the lobby at the Headquarters Patrol Station (Pre-Trial Detention Annex Building) during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday - 8AM to 5PM. This program is not intended for commercial use, and is restricted from receiving mail, batteries, trash and syringes – as placarded on the exterior of the bin.

Location: Sheriff’s Headquarters Station / County Government Center
800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura
Date & Time: January 20, 2011
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department/ West County Headquarters Station
Officer Preparing Release:
Sergeant Darrell Erickson
Follow-up Contact:
Sergeant Darrell Erickson (805) 654-2360
Date of Release: 01/20/2011
Approved by:
Captain Chris Lathrop

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During November and December 2010, several Moorpark residents reported vehicle burglaries and thefts of property from their unlocked vehicles in the city of Moorpark. During the ensuing investigation, detectives from the Moorpark Police Department identified a suspect. On January 15, 2011, patrol deputies located the suspect’s vehicle on Los Angeles Avenue in the city of Moorpark. Deputies conducted an enforcement stop and located an abundance of stolen property in the vehicle.

Detectives were called to the scene and were able to link Anthony Nave and Talaya Cooper to several vehicle burglaries and property thefts from the city of Moorpark and other surrounding areas. Detectives learned that Nave and Cooper were also involved in identity theft and credit card fraud. Nave is currently in custody pending a $50,000.00 bail. Cooper was released from custody on bail.

Additionally, during the investigation, detectives learned that Talaya Cooper is employed as an in-home care giver for elderly patients in need of assisted living, which gives her access to patients’ property and personal information. If anyone has been the victim of an unreported burglary or theft, or has any information on additional crimes perpetrated by these suspects, please contact Sgt. Reilly or Detective Lynch at the Moorpark Patrol Station.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Location: 800 Block of Los Angeles Ave. Moorpark, Ca., 93021
Date & Time/ RB#: January 18, 2011 / 12:10 A.M. 11-001159
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations / Moorpark Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of Residence Age
(S) Anthony Nave Los Angeles 21
(S) Talaya Cooper Pacomia 20
Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. J. Reilly
Follow-up Contact: Detective K. Lynch (805) 532-2714 or Sgt. Reilly (805) 532-2716
Date of Release: January 18, 2011
Approved By: Captain Ron Nelson

 
in Thousand Oaks January 24, 2011 thru Monday April 4, 2011

The City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Police Department have a mutual interest with the community in ensuring that children reach their scholastic and personal growth potential. In today’s society, children are confronted by several obstacles, bad influences, and distractions. Raising children is not easy. Children sometimes engage in harmful behaviors fueled by negative influences including alcohol, gangs, and peer pressure.

In furtherance of our commitment to the community, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be offering a parenting class on Monday evenings for ten weeks starting on January 24. Parents with difficult, defiant, or problematic children are encouraged to attend; however, all parents of middle and high school students will also benefit from this course. Our goal is to give parents guidance and to develop more successful children. We are excited to offer these sessions and truly wish to support parents and offer strategies to deal with difficult children.

The course content consists of ways to address drugs, sex, gangs, poor grades, runaways and violence. Additional content includes guidance in gaining children’s compliance of house rules, how to never argue with your child again, and how to use other parents for support. Additional information can be reviewed at www.parentproject.com. This course is subject to enrollment. Interested parents are asked to call Senior Deputy Sliva or Senior Deputy DeSoto for further information.

Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station
2101 East Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Date & Time: Monday January 24, 2011 thru Monday April 4, 2011
All classes begin at 6pm

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Crime Prevention Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Jim DeSoto

Follow-up Contact: Dennis Sliva 805-494-8267
Jim DeSoto 805-371-8362

Approved by: Captain Bill Ayub

Date of Release: January 14, 2011

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 2-21-2010, at about 04:45 AM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a carjacking in the unincorporated area of Nyeland Acres. During the initial investigation, deputies learned that at about 4:00 AM, a male suspect approached a parked vehicle in the 2900 Blk of Friedrich. The car was occupied by a male and female subject. The male suspect opened the driver’s door and began beating the male driver. The suspect ordered the female to get out of the car threatening to kill her if she did not comply. When the female got out of the car, the suspect brandished a knife and ordered the male victim to drive him away.

The suspect had the male victim drive him around the unincorporated area of Oxnard for about 45 minutes. During the kidnapping, the suspect made several phone calls. While driving in the area of Alvarado and Ventura Blvd, El Rio, the male victim jumped out of the moving vehicle and escaped. Neither victim was hurt. The car was later found abandoned at Vineyard Ave and Ventura Blvd, Oxnard.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit investigated case and was able to identify the male suspect as Jose Casillas. On 2-25-2010, gang investigators located Casillas as he reported to his probation officer at the Oxnard probation office. Casillas was in possession of some of the victims stolen property and arrested. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail on numerous charges including Carjacking, robbery, and kidnapping for the purpose of robbery

Through out the investigation, gang investigators served several search warrants and recovered all of the victim’s stolen property. This included a stereo that had been stripped from the victim’s vehicle, the victim’s cellular phone and money.

Casillas remained in custody on $265,000 dollar bail while he went through several court proceedings. On 12-10-2010, Casillas pled guilty to carjacking, kidnapping for the purpose of robbery, second-degree robbery, and admitted to a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime. On 1-6-2010 he was sentenced to 14 years, 8 months.

On 1-12-2010, Casillas was transferred from the custody of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and sent to the California Department of Correction where he will serve his remaining sentence.

Location: 2900 Blk Friedrich, Oxnard
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 12, 2011
Unit Responsible: Sheriff Gang Unit
Report #: 10-4340
Arrestee City Age
Casillas, Jose Oxnard 19
Officer Preparing Release: Sgt Schierman
Follow-up Contact: Sgt Schierman 654-2856
Approved by:

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Thursday, January 13, 2011, at approximately 8:50 am, Ojai patrol officers and detectives arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile for indecent exposure, a violation of 314.1 P.C. and sexual battery, a violation of 243.4(e)(1) P.C.. The arrest of the juvenile was based on an on-going investigation involving three previous incidents along the Ojai Valley Bicycle Trail within the Ojai city limits. The victims were all adult females on or near the bicycle trail when they were accosted. The first incident occurred on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, between Fox Street and South Montgomery Street. The second incident occurred on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, on the bicycle trail near the intersection with Country Club Rd. The third incident occurred on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, on the bicycle trail near the intersection with Bristol Road. The juvenile was lodged at the Juvenile Justice Center.

The Ojai detectives are requesting anyone that might have witnessed an incident or is an unreported victim of a similar crime during this time frame to call the station at (805) 646-1414.

Location: 200 Block of Vallerio Avenue, Ojai
Date & Time: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at approximately 8:50 am
Unit Responsible: The City of Ojai Patrol Deputies and Detectives
Report #: 11-00917

Arrestee City Age
Juvenile Ojai 15

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Randy Watkins
Follow-up Contact: Ojai Detectives Steve Michalec and Mark Burgess - (805) 646-1414
Approved by: Captain Mike De Los Santos, #0730

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Forensic Sciences Laboratory is distributing new Intoximeter Alco-Sensor V @ POA (Point Of Arrest) devices to law enforcement agencies in Ventura County. These devices will replace the Alco-Sensor IV @ POA devices used in the county since 2003. The new devices offer features that enhance ease of use and improve officer safety. The devices also are capable of uploading into an integrated database that allows arrested individuals to obtain their breath test results from a secure website.

These new devices and the website development were provided with funding from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to bring new technologies and enhanced services for alcohol testing to Ventura County.

Location: Ventura
Date & Time: January 12, 2011
Unit Responsible: Forensic Sciences Laboratory
Person Preparing Release: Dea Boehme, Assistant Laboratory Manager
Follow-up Contact: Dea Boehme, PhD (805) 662-6805
Date of Release: January 12, 2011
Approved By: Renee Artman, Forensic Services Bureau Manager

 
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

MARTINEZ - Two men were sentenced today to prison for their role in stealing more than $90,000 from some 200 people in Northern California by stealing personal financial information with a sophisticated skimming device placed inside ATM and credit card payment devices at gas station pumps.

This morning in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, the two men pleaded guilty to all felonies they were charged with, including conspiracy and identity theft. David Karapetyan, 32, pled guilty to 37 felonies and received a seven-year prison sentence. Zhirayr Zamanyan, 31, pled guilty to five felonies and received a five-year prison sentence. Two other defendants, Edwin Hamazaspyan, 31, and Naum Mints, 21, are scheduled to appear in court on February 15.

In March, the Attorney General's office took over prosecution of the case from the Contra Costa District Attorney's office because the crimes occurred in multiple jurisdictions throughout Northern California. An amended complaint was filed in October.

In their high-tech crime spree, the gang traveled to gas stations across the Bay Area in a rented Cadillac Escalade. From November 2009 to February 2010, they are believed to have stolen $90,000 from 196 people through their skimming scheme.

The thieves acquired keys to unlock various kinds of gas station pumps. Once they opened the pumps, they were able to connect two cables inside to their two-inch electronic device, which looked like a circuit board encased in electrical tape, and recorded ATM and credit card data as well as victims' PINs. No tampering was visible on the outside of the pumps. The gang would later return to retrieve the skimmers, which took less than 20 seconds.

The investigation began in February when police in Solano and Contra Costa counties reported an increase in identity theft and a 7-Eleven store employee in Martinez noticed a skimming device inside a gas pump. Police removed the device, replaced it with a mock device and conducted 24-hour surveillance. Karapetyan and Zamanyan were arrested when they arrived to remove the device. In total, seven devices were found inside gas pumps in Martinez, Benicia, Livermore, Hayward, Oakland, San Mateo and Sacramento.

Banks have reimbursed the victims.

The Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force, a partnership of 17 local, state and federal agencies, participated in the investigation with assistance from the U.S. Secret Service, Martinez Police Department and the Glendale Police Department.

The amended complaint is attached to the electronic version of the press release on the Attorney General's website: www.ag.ca.gov